Friday 20 April 2012

Pret a Portea - The Royal Collection at The Berkeley London

Celebrate 60 years of the Queen’s reign with The Berkeley, as it pays homage to the Diamond Jubilee in true majestic style with the launch of ‘Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection’. Prêt-à-Portea is designed to add a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs for the style conscious. However, from 29th May to 9th June 2012, biscuits, fancies and choux buns have been transformed to resemble the most memorable hats worn by the Royal Family to mark The Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne.

Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection’ includes fashionista delectables such as a praline profiterole inspired by the much-talked-about Philip Treacy fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice at The Royal Wedding, as well as Queen Elizabeth’s legendary crown, worn for her coronation in 1953, recreated as a vanilla biscuit with intricate icing and sugar diamonds. Angela Kelly’s Canadian maple leaf hat, worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Canada, has been carefully prepared in the form of a bright red strawberry pannacotta macaroon, and a stately blueberry hat cake with sugar roses and green leaves, is inspired by a Rachel Trevor-Morgan design, one Queen Elizabeth’s favourite British milliners.

Other royal show-stoppers making an appearance on The Berkeley’s tea stand include Gina Foster’s memorable fascinator worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Zara Philip’s wedding, a light pink floral hat, recently worn by Queen Elizabeth in Canada, and of course a Launer London handbag cake as worn by Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Wedding. Incredibly, the Queen is believed to have worn more than 5000 hats since she was crowned in 1952!

Sounds delicious!

Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection’ will be served in The Caramel Room at The Berkeley from 1-6pm from 29th May to 9th June 2012, priced at £39.00 per person. (£49.00 including a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, or alternatively for the fashion conscious, £55.00 per person including a glass of couture champagne).

To make a reservation for Prêt-à-Portea call +44 (0) 20 7235 6000. Visit for more information on afternoon tea at the Berkeley.


  1. Sounds amazing! The cakes look too good to eat,I wouldn't want to spoil them!

  2. Absolutely need to go there x totally love afternoon tea! Fave thing ever x


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